For an organization that stands to benefit as much as anyone else from the last-minute downtown San Diego redevelopment deal, the Chargers have been mighty silent.
The state legislation removing the limit city-subsidized redevelopment downtown abolishes a primary hurdle if the team is to receive tax money to build a new stadium. Initial estimates indicate the Chargers could seek as much as a $500 million public subsidy for their $800 million stadium.
But the team has issued no public statement about the bill, which Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger was expected to sign Tuesday, nor has any team official been quoted discussing it.
Team stadium negotiator Mark Fabiani has connected the team’s need for public dollars to decisions on the redevelopment cap since last December. At one point, he encouraged stadium boosters to attend a City Council meeting when a cap discussion was on the agenda.
I tried contacting Fabiani again today about the deal, and received this response via email: “no comment to vosd.” (He’s rarely spoken to me since this.)
The lack of any word from Chargers camp is surprising. Concerns about two Los Angeles stadium developers — and potential Chargers suitors — killing the legislation was a reason Mayor Jerry Sanders, state Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher and redevelopment head Fred Maas wanted to keep the bill quiet.